Posted on 24 August 2017
Once you’re finally in possession of the keys to your Spanish pad you’ll want to start making it feel like home. You might be shipping over some of your possessions from the UK and there’s a chance the previous owners will leave some furniture and appliances behind – especially if they’re a fellow foreign buyer – but where in Spain can you go to deck out your new home?
We are all familiar with Ikea and how it works, so it’s comforting to hear there are 16 stores dotted throughout Spain, with more in the pipeline by 2020. Three stores can be found in both Madrid and Barcelona, with the rest located near Spain’s other large cities. The stock is much the same as here in the UK, plus some additional items that are particular to Spain.
El Corte Ingles
The John Lewis of Spain, El Corte Ingles is Europe’s largest department store group, with a reputation for delivering all those things us British shoppers hold dear: quality, diversity, good customer service and prestige. It’s so popular with the locals that around 60% of the population has a store card. You can find practically everything you might need for your new home here, including top-quality furniture and household goods, if your budget permits.
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If you prefer your stores a touch smaller then try Casa. They are well-priced and stock a good selection of practical products for all parts of the home and garden, as well as a comprehensive range of decorative items.
Aimed at the middle income market, Zara Home caters for all your smaller home furnishing needs; stocking everything from soft furnishings and crockery to decorations for the baby’s room. Stores can be found in most of the larger towns and cities around the country. You can also order goods from the online shop for delivery to your home, or opt for the free store collection option.
When you’re ready to make the move, click here to download the Spain Buying Guide. It’s completely FREE and packed with great advice.